Deuteronomy 8:2 – “And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”


It’s a hard question. 

Why did my dad have to die before he met all his grandchildren? Why do people choose to not go to church? Why does it feel like the book of Jonah ends abruptly? Why do teenagers have more cups in their bathroom than washcloths? 

Deep, deep questions. 

The children of Israel had to be asking themselves this same question after spending forty years wondering around in the wilderness -why? God tells them why right here – to humble you, to prove you, to know your heart and to see if y’all would do what I tell you to. 

We often wonder why difficult things come into our life. We wonder why people die so young. We wonder why people make the choices they do. We wonder why people act like they do. 

Yesterday, we remembered a tragic and terrible time in our nation’s history. And many will ask why? Why did it happen? And I don’t know the answer. But when I look at what God told the children of Israel all those years ago about the reason behind their trials and tribulations, I wonder. I wonder if our trials are to prove us and humble us and see what’s really in our heart. But most importantly, I wonder if He wants to see if we will follow Him through it all. Will we choose Him? 

I’m not sure that this post has any real direction but rather more of a pondering. 

We need to remember. We need to consider. I think the time has passed from asking “why” but rather  we should be asking”what are we doing now?” Do we still need to be humbled? Do we still need to be proved? Do we know where our heart is? And are we doing what God is telling us to do?


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